During her 1989 world tour, Taylor gave a speech each night before performing “Clean” – a song which uses water, storms, and floods as metaphors for cleansing oneself and moving on from a traumatic breakup. During the speech, Taylor said:
You are not damaged goods or money from your failed explorations. You are not the opinion of someone who doesn’t know you. You are a product of the lessons you have learned. You are wiser because you went through something terrible. And you are the person who survived a bunch of rainstorms and kept walking. I now believe that pain makes you stronger. I now believe that walking through a lot of rainstorms gets you clean.